People’s True Characters Hiding behind InstagramApril 23, 2020
Have you ever faked your characteristics in social media?
A lot of people do that, obviously, because everyone wants to look good and wants to get others’ attention. This is really common although it is not morally a right thing to do. Most people tend to edit their photos in order to hide their true faces, or act in videos in order to build their new characteristics. This happens all the time to teenagers, especially when you want someone to look at you in a positive way and a nice first impression. Are there any benefits from doing that? Of course, at least people can make themselves look better online, and to seek benefits from looking good.
Most people keep in mind, “I must look good in every photo”. Therefore, in any of the posts you see in instagram, do you realize how many photos have been taken until people get one photo for a post? Some people literally take up to 100 shots until they get one photo for a post! That is ridiculous! But yes, it does happen, really often in the real world especially these days when more people pay attention to posts online and in social media.
Now, you might think, “What’s the point of doing all these?”. You might want to realize that this is very necessary when girls want to impress boys or when boys want to impress girls. Everyone wants to look good in every photo posted because it shows off their characteristics and their images would be stuck to everyone else. In the modern world, reputation is essential and beneficial and that is the main reason why good-looking people do benefit a lot. Therefore, this clearly explains why most people have to try their best to look good in a post, which sometimes leads to too much faking.
Does this lead to any threat?
Of course, faking is a big thing, and no one wants that to happen. However, we cannot stop someone from faking. There are many effects to this. A girl might one day be tricked by a guy for a day without knowing his true face. This could happen when a guy fakes this face by editing in instagram posts. Faking your characteristics could be considered as deceiving someone. This is not a cool thing, but people still continue to do this. So, how do we stop these people? Can we actually stop them?
The answer is, “yes” if everyone can change their attitudes, but “no” if everyone still thinks the same. The answer would probably favor the “no”side isn’t it? Or can we really change the stereotyped attitude of having to look good in society or social media? Well, it would probably be super difficult for everyone to neglect their looks. Only a small percentage of people in this world would be willing to change their entire attitudes. Therefore, since we can’t really change how someone thinks and cares about their looks, it might be better if everyone “understands” the nature of humans in order to recognize what is going on in social media.
A normal behavior of human…
All people, before playing any social media, especially Instagram, must understand humans’ instinct that no one would reveal their true characteristics on social media. This is due to the fact that every human being is not perfect, while everyone wants to be perfect. This controversy creates an issue in humans’ mind that triggers all of us to aim for the perfection of beauty. Most people aim to look better than who they really are, and this is why it takes a lot of effort to upload a post on Instagram. People faked, edited, and added effects on their posts. We would barely see any posts that are bare face and not edited.
Examples of fake posts!
There are many posts that could portray what is in this context. One would be a post from a Chinese girl.
Scary, isn’t it? The left picture is the original look of the girl, but after adding makeup and facial effects on the camera, the girl has turned into a completely different person. If this is in real life, the boy who fell for this girl would have been frightened by her bare face. This is one kind of a deception!
You can take a look at more fake photos on Instagram. The left side, as usual, is the original picture of the girl, while the right side is a photo that the girl has already put some makeup on and some filters might also be added to the camera.
The thing is, makeup is like magic. It can do anything to our faces. Does it completely change one’s true characteristics? Now, if you are the one doing the makeup and seeing yourself having such a transformation, you would feel very happy and satisfied. But what if you are the one being deceived on social media? How would you feel? Is it really acceptable?
What’s the solution?
Do we actually have any solutions to this? Can we change how people think? Well, as said earlier, to change someone’s attitude, it would be very difficult. However, we can acknowledge what is going on in social media in order to consider more thoroughly about all the things we see there.
Now that you have known the nature of humans, you should also recognize what you are doing. Do you think faking your characteristics on Instagram is the best way out for your life? Do you think impressing others is more favorable than being yourself and letting someone love you from inside? Well, it depends on how you set your attitudes. We just have to all keep in our minds that whatever we see in social media, as shown earlier, is not always true. Therefore, we should not always believe what we see on Instagram right away. A beautiful young lady could actually be an old wrinkled lady. Be aware of your actions and considerations on social media!